Life Day 24246: Retail Anarchy

November 29, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today id Friday, November 29, 2013. Good morning anarchists. The featured holiday today is:

Black Friday:

Black Friday is a retail event held on the day after Thanksgiving. It is the single best shopping day for retailers, and signifies the unofficial beginning of the Christmas shopping season. It can best be described as “retail anarchy”. Stores offer selected merchandise at significantly reduced prices to entice shoppers into their stores in hopes that they will be induced to buy other things while they are there. People actually wait in long lines just to be one of the first people into the store. It doesn’t bode well for our society in my opinion. Use this link to read about the origins and history of this holiday.

The other holidays today are:

 Buy Nothing Day:

In stark contrast to Black Friday is the more sane Buy Nothing Day. Buy Nothing Day urges you to stay at home and refrain from doing any shopping of any kind. This is the holiday that I celebrate each year. Let the unwashed masses deal with the stress and aggravation of rude, obnoxious people, and frazzled, overworked employees. I’ll be at home relaxing without a care in the world. This link will give you the history of this holiday.

You’re Welcome Day:

Sometimes referred to as You’re Welcomegiving, You’re Welcome Day is celebrated on the day after Thanksgiving, which seems appropriate. It’s just good manners to say you’re welcome after someone says thank you.

My research showed this holiday being celebrated on different dates in different years, which were always the day after Thanksgiving. It is very likely that this holiday originated on a blog in 2002. The blog was posted on blogs.salon.com, declaring that day, the day after Thanksgiving, as You’re Welcome Day, however the author remains anonymous.

Flossing Day:

Flossing Day serves as a reminder to to remove from between your teeth the last vestiges of the green bean casserole that aunt Bessie brought to your Thanksgiving feast by flossing. It also encourages you to include daily flossing as a part of your  daily oral health regimen if you haven’t already.

National Day of Listening:

Sometime the best gift one can give to another is merely listening to what they have to say. One of the biggest problems in today’s society is that people are so polarized that they won’t even listen to another’s point of view. National Day of Listening recommends that you take the time to actually listen to what people are saying.

My parents are both long since deceased. I regret not listening to their stories when I was younger. A typical youth, I thought I had all the answers and my stodgy parents were akin to dinosaurs and had nothing relevant to impart. I wish now that I could turn back the clock. I would know much more about my family history, and about life in general. Somewhere along the line, I became my parents, so maybe, just maybe, I was listening after all.

Square Dance Day:

English, Irish, and Scottish settlers brought square dancing to the U.S. As it evolved in the U.S., a caller was added, to help dancers stay in step. It remains popular among southern and western rural areas, and with senior citizens. Square Dancing is both fun, and great exercise. Medical sites and journals speaks to its health benefits for people of all ages.

The origin of Square Dance Day is unknown. If you don’t already know how to Square Dance, perhaps Square Dance Day is the day to learn. “Dosey Do” everybody.

National Native American Heritage Day:

Native American Heritage Day is a civil holiday observed on the day after Thanksgiving. President George W. Bush signed into law legislation introduced by Congressman Joe Baca (D-California), to designate the Friday after Thanksgiving as Native American Heritage Day. The Native American Heritage Day Bill was supported by 184 federally recognized tribes, and designates the Friday after Thanksgiving as a day to pay tribute to Native Americans for their many contributions to the United States.

Sinkie Day:

Christmas shopping and Thanksgiving leftovers provide perfect reasons to enjoy a quick meal. Grab a quick snack of leftovers over the kitchen sink and hit the stores running.

To many people, this is more than a one-time event during the holidays. Many people do this as part of their daily routine. These “sinkies” are famous for grabbing a jelly doughnut while racing out the door in the morning late for work, dashboard dining in the car, and  having a desk lunch of M&Ms and Diet Pepsi from the vending machines in the break room. In today’s hustle bustle world, millions of people around the world eat on the run. Eating and snacking over the kitchen sink has become a way of life. I must confess that I am guilty of this all too often. It’s certainly not the healthiest way to eat, but if you’re pressed for time it’s a viable option.

National Lemon Creme Pie Day:

Creme pies in general are among America’s favorite desserts. Chocolate, banana, strawberry, and coconut are traditional favorites. Alas, Lemon Creme Pie is often overshadowed by its cousin Lemon Meringue Pie. Many people incorrectly use the terms ‘creme’ and ‘meringue’ interchangeably. In my travels as an over-the-road truck driver I encountered such an instance. I seldom ordered dessert, but on this occasion, I was craving a piece of chocolate creme pie, so I ordered a slice. The waitress brought me a piece chocolate pie topped with meringue. I said that I ordered chocolate creme pie, not chocolate meringue pie. The waitress then actually said to me: “Creme, meringue, what’s the difference?” I said: “I don’t know. What’s the difference between a cow and a chicken?” I told her take it back.

Anyway, I digress. Treat yourself to a slice of tasty and refreshing lemon creme pie today.

On this date in:

1864 – The Sand Creek Massacre occurred in Colorado when a militia led by Colonel John Chivington, killed at least 400 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians who had surrendered and had been given permission to camp.

1890 – Navy defeated Army by a score of 24-0 in the first Army-Navy football game. The game was played at West Point, NY.

1929 – The first airplane flight over the South Pole was made by U.S. Navy Lt. Comdr. Richard E. Byrd.

1939 – The USSR broke off diplomatic relations with Finland prior to a Soviet attack.

1947 – The U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution that called for the division of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.

1961 – The Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft was launched by the U.S. with Enos the chimp on board. The craft orbited the earth twice before landing off Puerto Rico.

1963 – A Trans-Canada Airlines DC-8F with 111 passengers and 7 crew members crashed in woods north of Montreal 4 minutes after takeoff from Dorval Airport. All aboard were killed. The crash was the worst in Canada’s history.

1963 – U.S. President Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.

1967 – U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara announced that he was leaving the Johnson administration to become president of the World Bank.

1971 – The Professional Golf Championship was held at Walt Disney World for the first time.

1974 – In Britain, a bill that outlawed the Irish Republican Army became effective.

1975 – Bill Gates adopted the name Microsoft for the company he and Paul Allen had formed to write the BASIC computer language for the Altair.

1981 – Actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, CA, at the age 43.

1982 – The U.N. General Assembly voted that the Soviet Union should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.

1987 – A Korean jetliner disappeared off Burma, with 115 people aboard.

1988 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the rights of criminal defendants are not violated when police unintentionally fail to preserve potentially vital evidence.

1989 – In Czechoslovakia, the Communist-run parliament ended the party’s 40-year monopoly on power.

1990 – The U.N. Security Council voted to authorize military action if Iraq did not withdraw its troops from Kuwait and release all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991.

1991 – Seventeen people were killed in a 164-vehicle wreck during a dust storm near Coalinga, CA, on Interstate 5.

1994 – The U.S. House passed the revised General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

1996 – A U.N. court sentenced Bosnian Serb army soldier Drazen Erdemovic to 10 years in prison for his role in the massacre of 1,200 Muslims. The sentence was the first international war crimes sentence since World War II.

1998 – Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected legalizing heroin and other narcotics.

2004 – The French government announced plans to build the Louvre II in northern France. The 236,808 square foot museum was the planned home for 500-600 works from the Louvre’s reserves.

2004 – Godzilla received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

Louisa May Alcott 1832 – Author.

Busby Berkeley 1895 – Director.

C.S. Lewis 1898 – Author, poet.

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. 1908 – Politician.

Madeline L’Engle 1918 – Author.

Vin Scully 1927 – Sportscaster.

Diane Ladd 1932 – Actress.

John Mayall 1933 – Musician.

Peter Bergman 1939 – Actor.

Chuck Mangione 1940 – Musician.

Jody Miller 1941 – Country singer.

Dennis Doherty 1941 – Musician. (The Mamas & The Papas)

Felix Cavaliere 1944 – Musician. (The Rascals)

Suzy Chaffee 1946 – Olympic skier.

Garry Shandling 1949 – Comedian.

Barry Goudreau 1951 – Musician. (Boston)

Jeff Fahey 1952 – Actor

Joel Coen 1954 – Director.

Howie Mandel 1955 – Comedian.

Cathy Moriarty 1960 – Actress.

Andrew McCarthy 1962 – Actor.

Kim Delaney 1964 – Actress.

Don Cheadle 1964 – Actor.

Neill Barry 1965 – Actor.

Gena Lee Nolin 1971 – Actress, model.

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